AUTHOR GUEST POST: Superpowers by Aspen Bassett

A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett

Book Title: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release date: Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: April 23 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There's a kiss and some mild violence)

Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister's perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone's soul.

Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.

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When I was a kid, I believed in superpowers. Maybe it was the way Mom described the world to me or how Dad taught us to help others. More likely, my imagination was just crazy wild. I used to think the wind had a soul and it pushed me in the direction I needed to go. We moved a lot and I romanticized the travels into heroic adventures. In my mind, we moved because we needed to rescue someone and the universe was putting us in place. I didn’t have time to eat that disgusting shrimp on New Years because I was too busy trying to find my superpower. 

I don’t know when I first saw a hero represented in tights and a cape but that’s always how I saw my shadow, like some secret identity, some hidden truth only I knew. My name was Aspen Bassett and I was here to save the day. 

I’ve grown up since then. Okay, physically, I’ve grown up since then but I’ll admit to you right now. I still hate shrimp and I still believe in superheroes. 

People can do amazing things. I have a brother who runs into burning buildings and carries people to safety. Another brother protects our water supply while another teaches and encourages young minds to explore different cultures in school. I have sisters who create stylish clothes, help others understand their own minds, protect people from criminal activity, and bring to light the forgotten stories of our history. I’ve met people who see auras, have made serious self-sacrifices to help family, and some who can heal others with the touch of a hand. Yes, I’ve grown up because now I know superheroes aren’t tied to imagination. They’re real. 

So I will always write about superpowers. Grand people who can do amazing things, like how Penny in my latest book, A Penny Lost, can see and control spiritual energies. Not because I believe in superheroes but because I’ve met them. 


Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she's not working, she's usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She's been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intend it to or not. In college, when she wasn't busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women's Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she's working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.

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